About Rising Stars

About The Rising Stars

The Rising Stars Committee is a group of young professional leaders and volunteers in the GTA dedicated to advancing the mission of Make-A-Wish through fundraising initiatives and serving as ambassadors to the community.

Committee members work together to plan events that engage their network to build awareness for Make-A-Wish and raise funds to grant wishes for children with critical illnesses. Members meet once a month to collaborate, learn from guest speakers and network with other members.

In 2019, our inaugural event, A Night Under the Stars presented by Northern Financial Group, we danced the night away, savouring delicious food and drink, and enjoying a feature performance from Sarina Haggarty, a former wish recipient. Thanks to our 2019 committee and attendees, we raised over $60,000 to create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses.

In 2020, our committee and fundraising went virtual! We organized 3 virtual “Wish Dish” classes with baking expert Colin Asuncion, the mixologists from BartenderOne and Donna Dooher from Mildreds Temple Kitchen. Friends of Rising Stars joined us to up their baking, cooking and cocktail-making skills and helped us raise over $4,000 to help grant wishes!

About Make-A-Wish® Canada

Make-A-Wish® Canada grants life-changing wishes for children with critical illness. Our vision is to grant a wish to every eligible child across the country. In these unprecedented times, more children are in need of hope and waiting for wishes than ever before.

When children are battling a critical illness, so much of normal childhood is taken away from them — it is exhausting, both emotionally and physically. A wish is something that gives children the opportunity to look outside their illness. A wish restores a sense of childhood back to the child and normalcy back to the family.

Wishes provide kids hope when they need it most, and research shows they have effects on children’s overall well-being and health outcomes. In fact, wishes have proven physical and emotional benefits that can give children with critical illnesses a higher chance of survival. When a wish is granted, a child replaces fear with confidence, sadness with joy, and anxiety with hope.

For more information, visit makeawish.ca